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apt-get update yields a 404 error.

I'm using the default mirrors for for Ubuntu 9.10. That version hasn't reached end of life yet so I don't see why this would be happening.

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Providing your /etc/apt/sources.list would be a good start :) – thinice Jan 28 '12 at 17:54
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Actually Ubuntu 9.10 is EOL. It went EOL on April 30th, 2011 you can update by changing /etc/apt/sources.list as follows:

## EOL upgrade sources.list
# Required
deb CODENAME main restricted universe multiverse
deb CODENAME-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb CODENAME-security main restricted universe multiverse

# Optional
#deb CODENAME-backports main restricted universe multiverse


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agh crumbs, I'm still in 2011 mode. That explains a lot. Saw the EOL date and thought "2 more months I should be fine" – Naff Jan 28 '12 at 18:02

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